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Thunderstruck

Larson, Erik

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ISBN 10: 1400080665 / ISBN 13: 9781400080663
Published by Crown Pub Inc, New York, 2006
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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2006,2006 Fine Book, Fine unclipped jacket, Stated First Edition, First Printing 10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1 Signed by the author on the title page, *Signature only, 463 clean tight unmarked pages, b/w maps on end pages, book has book has dark blue boards with 1/4 black covered spine, gilt embossed lettering and deco on the spine, jacket has an illustrated front cover with raised white and gold lettering. Bookseller Inventory # 004974

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Title: Thunderstruck

Publisher: Crown Pub Inc, New York

Publication Date: 2006

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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A true story of love, murder, and the end of the world’s “great hush.”

In Thunderstruck, Erik Larson tells the interwoven stories of two men—Hawley Crippen, a very unlikely murderer, and Guglielmo Marconi, the obsessive creator of a seemingly supernatural means of communication—whose lives intersect during one of the greatest criminal chases of all time.

Set in Edwardian London and on the stormy coasts of Cornwall, Cape Cod, and Nova Scotia, Thunderstruck evokes the dynamism of those years when great shipping companies competed to build the biggest, fastest ocean liners; scientific advances dazzled the public with visions of a world transformed; and the rich outdid one another with ostentatious displays of wealth. Against this background, Marconi races against incredible odds and relentless skepticism to perfect his invention: the wireless, a prime catalyst for the emergence of the world we know today. Meanwhile, Crippen, “the kindest of men,” nearly commits the perfect murder.

With his unparalleled narrative skills, Erik Larson guides us through a relentlessly suspenseful chase over the waters of the North Atlantic. Along the way, he tells of a sad and tragic love affair that was described on the front pages of newspapers around the world, a chief inspector who found himself strangely sympathetic to the killer and his lover, and a driven and compelling inventor who transformed the way we communicate.

About the Author:

Erik Larson is the bestselling author of the National Book Award finalist and Edgar Award–winning The Devil in the White City. He lives in Seattle with his wife, three daughters, and a dog named Molly.

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